Definately Dog. Have had both, but the connection between myself and the dogs I have had has been much deeper than with a cat. A dog seems to be more loyal to its owner and will be extremely protective! My Great Danes I have had would try to tear apart any person who even spoke in a raised voice towards me. And you did not even think about reaching for me in front of them. They were loving dogs, but...I had to lead them to you first.
We always had dogs growing up. Mom drew a hard line, because cats could jump on the kitchen counters. I've remained a dog person. As a friend once said: Cats are predators. If they were bigger they would kill you.
Personally...I like dogs...especially the big ones the best...(The kind that you don't have to bend over to pet...or when they bark...the pictures on the wall rattle. Instead of a high pitched "Yipe"!)
I love dogs. Have two dogs right now, though this is nothing against any cats. I am a reserved person, not particularly outward, and my dogs help me project a friendlier image, especially in this neighborhood which I walk a lot with my dogs. I also act as unofficial dog wrangler around here.
I'm an animal person too. I have a dog and two cats. When I'm sad or upset I'm buried by them. All three are very loving. Unfortunately the oldest is on his last legs. he's almost 20 and my constant body warmer since he has trouble keeping warm. My biggest problem is keeping him off the exhaust vent of my laptop.
I grew up with cats and like them a lot-- also they are low maintenance animals and don't mind being left alone for a couple of days.
I have had a lot of dogs-- and the first one that latched on to me as his chosen person, was a big black lab whose bark could almost knock a person over with the sound shock wave. But he was very gentle, and always my protector.
The miniature pinschers we have had are very protective and entertaining as well as being full of themselves.
I would rather enjoy having a nice quiet, gentle, independent cat, but my daughter-in-law is allergic to cats-- and I want to see her and my son and grandchildren now and then.
Anyone any idea how to deal with dog to dog aggression? Ours does it (we think) due to a lack of socialisation. Fear driven. It could possibly be from being attacked when she was younger - it's hard to be completely...